Course Title: Research and recommend materials, components and finishes for kitchen designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

Course Code: BUIL6416C

Course Title: Research and recommend materials, components and finishes for kitchen designs

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4402 - Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

Course Contact: Jenny Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4759

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Daniel Martin 


Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine requirements of the kitchen design brief, research options, and make recommendations for materials, components and finishes.

This unit applies to individuals working in kitchen design roles. They analyse and compare product information from a wide range of different sources to inform a design solution.

No licensing or certification requirements exist at the time of publication. Relevant legislation, industry standards and codes of practice within Australia must be applied.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFKB4015 Research and recommend materials, components and finishes for kitchen designs


1. Identify requirements of kitchen designs brief

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evaluate project specifications, parameters and constraints, and confirm with client

1.2 Select work resources based on the needs of the project

1.3 Identify and assess aspects of the space that impact on potential solutions

1.4 Identify key project stakeholders and establish required communication protocols


2. Research options for kitchen materials, components and finishes

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Examine products used in kitchen applications and determine suitability to meet design brief

2.2 Research new material technologies and determine suitability to meet design brief

2.3 Select options for further analysis and design development


3. Evaluate functional and aesthetic characteristics

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Use elements and principles of design to examine the appropriateness of materials, components and finishes for client requirements

3.2 Assess aesthetic qualities with regard to desired effect

3.3 Assess application methods and available expertise for the desired effect

3.4 Assess and compare costs and quality of materials, components and finishes

3.5 Examine sustainability considerations for materials, components and finishes

3.6 Research hazards associated with the use and application of materials, components and finishes


4. Refine ideas and select preferred solution

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Explore, integrate and refine different options through a process of reflection and testing

4.2 Choose a preferred solution based on research findings and the key objectives of the project brief

4.3 Prepare a visual representation that communicates the key aspects of the preferred solution


5. Make recommendations

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Present recommendations in a format and level of detail suited to the client and scope of the project

5.2 Clearly articulate rationale for the chosen solution and present to the client

5.3 Seek client feedback on the proposed solution

5.4 Base adjustments to the final design solution on feedback

5.5 Accurately document specifications of selection and prepare for integration into design drawings and plans

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the elements of this unit for learning outcomes.

Details of Learning Activities

Note: This unit is clustered with Research and Recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors, Research and Recommend Materials, Components and Finishes for Kitchens and Research and meet ethical compliance requirements You will complete tasks that are relevant to current industry standards.


In the VIRTUAL classroom activities may include:

-video tutorials

-class/group discussions

-student presentations

-group based project work

 Out of class activities may include:

-online research

-analysis / critique of relevant reading material

-independent project based work

-teacher directed activities/projects

-group based project work

Teaching Schedule

Flexible study allows you to study online by participating in lectures and tutorials via Canvas, our online learning and teaching platform, to ensure continued learning throughout this period.


For Semester 2 all of your classes and assessments have been rearranged to suit this learning format.


Canvas has been designed so that the learning experience is consistent throughout all your courses.

We have taken your feedback and adjusted the way we do things for Semester 2.




Studio Session 1

Online Resources

Assessment Due



Welcome to the course, Introduction of AT2 and AT3 Briefs

Materials and Finishes Resources



The briefing process, how to get the required information from a client.

Materials and Finishes Resources

AT2 (Client Profile) Due


The manufacture process. How is joinery made ?

Materials and Finishes Resources



Ikea kitchens (Kitchen 1) The flat pack option.

Materials and Finishes Resources

AT2 (Return Briefs) Due


Planning kitchens, firstly on paper

Materials and Finishes Resources



Prepare a kitchen using CAD/ SketchUp

Materials and Finishes Resources



AT1 Knowledge Lecture

Materials and Finishes Resources /

Ethical Compliance



Presentation to whole group using Collaborate Ultra

Materials and Finishes Resources /

Ethical Compliance

AT2 Kitchen 1 Due

AT3 Kitchen 1 Package and Presentation Due


Planning kitchens, planning exercise using standard modules

Materials and Finishes Resources /

Ethical Compliance



Preparation for Knowledge Questions

Materials and Finishes Resources /

Ethical Compliance

 AT1 Knowledge Questions



Final Studio and sign off from teacher prior to Kitchen 2 presentation

Materials and Finishes Resources /

Ethical Compliance



Presentation to whole group using Collaborate Ultra

Materials and Finishes Resources /

Ethical Compliance

AT2 Kitchen 2 Due

AT3 Kitchen 2 Package and Presentation Due


Studio time, work on final kitchen

Materials and Finishes Resources /

Ethical Compliance



Studio time, work on final kitchen

Materials and Finishes Resources /

Ethical Compliance



Studio time, work on final kitchen

Materials and Finishes Resources /

Ethical Compliance



Studio time, work on final kitchen

Materials and Finishes Resources /

Ethical Compliance

AT2 Kitchen 3 Due

AT3 Kitchen 3 Package and Presentation Due




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is project based.

Assessment Tasks

AT-01 - Knowledge Questions Due: Week 10

AT-02 - Kitchen Design Due: Weeks 2,4,8,12 and 16

AT-03 - Presentations Due: Weeks 8,12 and 16

All work for Assessable Tasks is required to be submitted on the due date and time as outlined in the

Assessment Briefs. Exception to this is where an approved DLU plan, an application for Special

Consideration or an approved Extension of Time is in place, submitted before the task's due date

with appropriate documentation.

Please visit the following link on the RMIT website for all information regarding adjustments to

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If your work is incomplete, you are strongly encouraged to submit your work on the due date, in order

to meet the submission requirements. Should it be below competency you may be asked to resubmit

(within 5 working days), and for that resubmission, if deemed competent, you may only receive a


Late Submission

Submissions will only be accepted up to 3 working days after the due date and time, with appropriate

documentation ie a medical certificate. Apart from the exceptions listed above, submissions received

in this period can only receive a Pass (50%), if deemed competent.


Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant

Unit of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above).

An outline of the matrix will be available in blackboard in this course in the assessment task itself

Other Information

Other Information

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level.
If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension of time for your assessable work.

Please see following access for the details on applying for extension of time to assessments;

Special consideration;


Application for extension of time;


Equitable assessment arrangements (EAA);



The major learning experience involves studio-based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to be successful in this course.

Library support

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design and Decoration students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian (

Study and Learning support

Would you like to get better at studying, writing, or researching for your assignments? The Library has everything you need to develop your academic skills, improve your marks and save time;



Use Canvas to access your course content and announcements, submit assignments, and receive your grades and feedback;



Student feedback at RMIT:

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

The following link is an outline and ways that you will receive your feedback at RMIT;


Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Please see following access to the Student progress policy webpage;



Here is a guide to submitting assessments on Canvas;


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
Please see following access for more information on Academic Integrity at RMIT;


IT orientation

It's time to get ready;






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